HERE IS THE MENU FROM THE NIGHT AND THE WINES RECOMMENDED BY THE SOMMELIER:White asparagus from Provence, goat’s cheese mornay sauce with parsley, thin slices of pancetta coppata Paired with a lovely glass of Côtes du Rhône “Blanc de Viognier”, Alain Jaume 2016
(The food coma set in around here)A few days after the dinner, I went over to Valbonne to have a quick chat with M. Gayraud and to thank him once again, for his part in the soirée. What is your favourite cheese? – Hmm… I would definitely have to say Roquefort, no doubt about it. How and why did you start this business? – It’s my passion. Five years ago I was working in a job I didn’t particularly like, and one day I decided to leave. It wasn’t for me. What is the one cheese you recommend we try at least once in our lives? – Well there’s definitely “le vezou,” which you had at dinner. There is also the “bleu de terre mignon,” which you definitely must try. And finally, this is a question I’ve always wondered about it: why is cheese often paired with grapes and chutney? – *Laughs* Honestly, that’s mostly an Anglophone thing. If we ever do use them then it’s for fun and decoration, but really in France we eat cheese by itself with bread, or at most, with some dried fruits.(You can imagine my shock, as I had been thinking that grapes were an essential part to cheese plates – oh how much I have yet to learn). At the end of the night, my friend and I were in a total food coma. It took us about ten minutes to stand up to leave (regretfully). The meal was amazing. It definitely was not your average cheese-tasting evening. Each course had a different cheese and was so delicious. Both Mr. Gayraud and chef David Chauvac did an excellent job. As my friend Delphine put it: “There was no better place to enjoy the wonderful wine & cheese pairing by Mr. Gayraud! While it was a cheese night, the cheese in each course was subtle and was a good complement to the rest of the dish!” Keep an eye out for more of Le Mas Candille’s themed soirées! Keep your eye out for more special offers and events at Le Mas Candille HERE.